The Universal Acceptance Steering Group, which includes Apple, GoDaddy, Google, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, Microsoft and Verisign as stakeholders, has launched an awareness campaign to inform organizations about the expansion of the Domain Name System into what it calls Universal Acceptance. The UASG, established in 2015, characterizes UA as “the simple concept that all domain names and all email addresses work across all applications.” It is a prerequisite to a multilingual internet. This means that applications recognize and work with both common domains (.com, .org) and newer ones using non–American Standard Code for Information Interchange scripts, such as Arabic or Cyrillic, as well as email addresses using non-ASCII characters. According to the group, this has data protection implications because ensuring an application is built for UA can help strengthen passwords, ensure accurate validation, and enable individual participation for those using such non-ASCII characters.
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